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Dodgers bolster bullpen, acquire lefty Scott Alexander in three-team trade

By in Press Enterprise on January 5, 2018

By Bill Plunkett

LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers made a move to keep the left-handed side of their bullpen strong in 2018, acquiring Scott Alexander from the Kansas City Royals as part of a three-way trade that also included the Chicago White Sox.

The Dodgers sent left-hander Luis Avilan to the White Sox in the deal along with $2 million (to offset part of Joakim Soria’s $9 million salary, moved from Kansas City to Chicago). In addition, they sent pitching prospect Trevor Oaks and minor-league infielder Erick Mejia to the Royals.

In Alexander, the Dodgers acquire a young left-handed reliever to replace the anticipated loss of veteran free agent Tony Watson – and a very good one. The 28-year-old Alexander was 5-4 with four saves and a 2.48 ERA in 58 appearances with the Royals last season, his most extensive big-league experience to date.

His ground-ball rate (73.3 percent) was the second-highest among major-league relievers last season and he induced 13 double-play grounders (second among AL relievers). Over his three big-league seasons, Alexander’s ground-ball percentage (72.9 percent) is second only to Orioles left-hander Zach Britton among pitchers who threw at least 75 innings.

The Dodgers also received minor-league infielder Jake Peter from the White Sox. The 24-year-old Peter split last season between Double-A and Triple-A, batting .279 with 13 home runs and a .417 slugging percentage. Peter has plated five different positions in the minors – second base, shortstop, third base and both corner outfield spots.

Avilan was part of the Dodgers’ bullpen for parts of three seasons since being acquired from the Atlanta Braves, but a sore shoulder kept him from pitching in the postseason last fall. As a Dodger, Avilan had a 3.43 ERA and 1.28 WHIP.

Oaks was added to the Dodgers’ 40-man roster for the first time this offseason after going 31-13 with a 3.27 […]    

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